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Mike DiPietro: 13U Head Coach / 16U Assistant Coach / Private Instructor / Owner Brigade Baseball

DiPietro is a 1990 graduate of West Boylston High where he was a three-time varsity baseball starter in the outfield.  After completing his active military service in the United States Navy, Coach DiPietro began his coaching career, which has continued for over 24 years.  DiPietro has coached baseball at many different levels.  Coach DiPietro began coaching at the Little League level (Clinton and West Boylston Little League), moved onto AAU baseball (12u – 17U levels), Varsity High School as a pitching coach for Bromfield School and Nashoba Regional High School and just completed his second year as the Head Littleton High School Varsity Coach. Coach DiPietro is also a private pitching, hitting and fielding instructor.  He can be reached at 978.502.2540 or mdkmbosd@yahoo.com for lessons

Personal Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the George Cook Award in 1989 (MVP of the high school football team)
  • Recipient of the Athletics Director Award in 1990. (given to a student athlete that meant the most to his team)
  • Class of 2017 West Boylston Hall of Fame
  • Central Mass Football All Star

Coaching Accomplishments

  • Named Lowell Sun 2018 Coach of the Year
  • Head Coach of 2018 District 4 finalist, Littleton Tigers
  • As head varsity coach at Littleton, overall record of 30-12, .714 win%
  • Last three years of 16u, 17u, and 18u travel baseball, an overall record of 68-16-4, .809 win%
  • Coach on the 2012 West Boylston Little League District Team that won the District 4 Championship for the first and only time in League history.
  • Pitching coach / assistant coach on the 12u team that was the runner up in the New England Open Championship in 2012.
  • Head Coach of three tournament championships, 2017 18U Super East Baseball Mid Atlantic / Northeast Tournament Championship, 2017 18U Northeast Select Baseball Prospect Tournament Championship and 2018 19U 1st Annual Firecracker Portland Lighthouse 19U Classic.

 

Darren Magan: 12U Head Coach / 14U Assistant Coach / Private Instructor / Owner Brigade Baseball

1986 graduate of Holliston High School where he was a 4 time varsity baseball player and 3 year varsity football player. He played two years of college baseball as an outfielder and pitcher (Cape Cod Community College and then transfered to Hofstra University).  Darren has spent over 11 years in youth baseball as a coach, vice president and player development coordinator in Harvard, MA.  He was instrumental in developing the current Harvard Youth/AAU offering with introducing off-season programs to enhance the players skill levels and confidence.  He has been involved with AAU baseball for 6 years as an assistant coach (11U, 12U and 13U) and the most recent 3 years, as a head coach (10U, 11U and 12U).  In 2017, his 12U team finished in top 8 (out of 54 teams) in New England.  His passion is developing future leaders while incorporating a life classroom on the baseball diamond. 

 

Greg Parson: 11U Head Coach

Greg Parson comes to Brigade Baseball with many years’ experience coaching at all levels of youth baseball.  Greg played his high school baseball for Penn Yan Academy in Upstate NY where he earned first team all-league honors as a pitcher in 1990 and second team all-league honors as a second baseman in 1991.  After high school, Greg played baseball at Finger Lakes Community College where he was a starting pitcher on the team that won the school’s first ever National Junior College Athletic Region III Championship.  That team went on to play in the NJCAA Division III World Series; ultimately finishing 4th in the country.  Greg went on to graduate from SUNY Brockport in 1998 with a BS in Health Sciences with a concentration in Elementary Education.  Greg started coaching regularly in 2005 when his kids started playing baseball. Since then, Greg has managed and coached at all levels of little league, including managing the 2013 Massachusetts District III Little League Championship team from Leominster American Little League.  Greg has also managed or coached several AAU teams at Triple Play Baseball ranging from 12U-14U. During the 2016 AAU season, Greg was the assistant coach on the Triple Play 14U team that won the New England Super Division Championship.  Greg has also been an assistant coach the past 2 seasons at the New England Blazers on a 16U and a 17U team.  

 

Jim McGuire: 15U Head Coach

Jim brings a wealth of coaching experience at both the Collegiate and HS level.  Jim is presently the Head Football Coach At Fitchburg State University and the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at The Bromfield School.  Jim's coaching career spans over a 35 yr period with stops at Assumption College, WPI, Algonquin Regional HS, Auburn HS and Hudson Catholic HS for football and Marian HS, Algonquin Regional HS, Marlborough HS, Marlborough American Legion and Triple Play AAU for baseball.  As a player, Jim also  participated in the 1983 National Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado as a member of the Quinsigamond Community College Baseball Team.  Jim resides in Clinton with his wife Laurie and has two children Jim, 29 and Cassie 27

 

Lonnie Quirion: 15U Assistant Coach / Private Instructor

Quirion is a 1996 graduate of Hudson Catholic High School where he was a four-year starter in both baseball and football.  He played one year of baseball and two years of football at Tufts University before graduating in 2000.  Following graduation, Lonnie began his coaching career at Hudson Catholic High School where he served as head coach from 2001-2009.  Lonnie went on to be an assistant coach at Worcester Technical High for two years before becoming the head coach at Marian High School from 2012-2015 and then head coach at The Bromfield School from 2016-present.  Quirion has amassed over 170 wins in his fifteen years as a head coach and his teams have qualified for the MIAA playoffs in thirteen of those sixteen years.  This past year he led Bromfield to their first ever league title and their first playoff appearance in over 30 years.  In addition to coaching at the high school level, Lonnie was head coach of Marlborough’s American Legion team from 2007-2012 and has coached AAU baseball since 2011 at the 10U, 11U, 12U, and 18U levels.  Lonnie is also a private pitching, hitting, and fielding instructor.

 

Matt Russell: 13U Assistant Coach

Matt Russell is a 2016 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelors degree in Crime/Justice Studies and History.  He played all four years on the baseball team, and was named a captain senior year.  Matt was a primary pitcher and played some second base.  In his junior year he finished the season 13th in the nation in appearances. Matt historically ranks 6th in appearences at UMass Dartmouth, and was named to the Little East All-Academic team 3 years in a row.  Currently Matt is a Learning Assistant and Middle School baseball coach at The Bromfield School in Harvard, MA.  He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Fitchburg State University studying History. 

 

Jeff Cranston: 14U Head Coach

Jeff is a 1984 graduate of West Boylston High School where he was a three-year varsity baseball starter playing several positions. He was also a three-year varsity football two-way starter and named to the Telegram and Gazette All-Star team in 1983. Cranston is a graduate of Worcester State University where he played baseball in 1986 and 1987. During his college years he began his love of coaching. He coached Pop Warner Football in 1985 and 1986. He then coached for West Boylston High School from 1987-1990 serving as Junior Varsity Baseball Coach and Junior Varsity Football Coach. Coach Cranston was a part of the staff that led West Boylston High School to their first Super Bowl win in 1988. 
Cranston has coached in many capacities in the last 30 years and brings a wealth of experience. He coached West Boylston Little League for many years, leading his team to 2 league championships as well as an All-Star Team that won the Holden Tournament and the Northboro Tournament. Cranston continued to coach Pop Warner throughout the years as well. Leading his team to the Central Mass Superbowl Championship in 2011 and to the Regionals in 2012. As a coach of North End Babe Ruth he coached three all-star teams that went on to the State finals, after winning the Worcester District Title. Cranston is a certified umpire and certified football referee. 

 

Jordan Britton: 17U Head Coach

Britton is a 2011 graduate of Whittier Tech in Haverhill, MA where he was a 3 year varsity starter as a catcher and first baseman. Britton was the starting first baseman for the first baseball team to win a district championship in the schools history in 2010. He was also named team captain and Commonwealth Athletic Conference All Star in 2011. Jordan then went on to play baseball at Norwich University where he saw time at Catcher and First Base. 

Britton began coaching after getting his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2015. He coached for Seacoast United (Hampton, NH) in 2016 and 2017 at the 13u and 14u level and In 2018 he coached for the Northeast Hurricanes (Salisbury, MA) at the 15u level. Jordan also has worked running clinics and private lessons for Play Ball in Salisbury, MA. 

He currently teaches Health/Physical Education at Haverhill High School and is the Littleton High School JV Coach.

 

Mike Bartkus: 18U Head Coach 

Bartkus is a 2010 graduate of West Boylston Middle/High School where he was named a Mid-Wach League and Telegram & Gazette Central Mass All-Star during his senior season, which he had a .608 batting average. He was also a recipient of the Coach’s Award, which is given to the player that has meant the most to the team. During his college years at Nichols College, Bartkus began his coaching career.

Coach Bartkus has coached for seven years, at both West Boylston Middle/High School and Oxford High School. In those seven years, Bartkus has coached his teams to 99 wins and a winning percentage of .744. Throughout Bartkus’ playing and coaching career, he has been a part of 2 Little League Championship Titles, 1 Thirteen Year Old Babe Ruth Championship Title, 1 Senior Ruth Championship Title, 2 MIAA State Championships, 6 MIAA District Championships and has won 2 MIAA District Championship Titles. Bartkus has also served as the Director of Athletics for WBMHS, where he was the founder of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been a certified umpire for over seven years. 

Mike is currently the JV Coach at Oxford High School